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McHenry is perhaps best known for its surrounding lakes, streams, and green open space. The McHenry Parks and Recreation Department operates 38 parks, including Moraine Hills State Park, offering fishing, hunting, and boating opportunities, picnicking areas and more than 10 miles of trails. McHenry has seen a recent boost in its economy, with added residential growth resulting in significant commercial development. McHenry’s job market has also been on the rise, making this town a perfect place for new families to plant their roots and call home.
Cost of Living
McHenry’s cost of living is only slightly more than the Illinois and national averages, making it an attractive place to live. The median home cost sits comfortably below the average for both the state and nation, giving potential homebuyers an advantageous market to work within. The cost of living in McHenry is significantly lower than many surrounding communities like Crystal Lake and Johnsburg.
McHenry has many forms of transportation available to its residents and visitors. The city itself has its own Pace bus line that runs through the community, with the main bus stop at 1111 N. Green Street. The nearest Metra train stations are in the neighboring towns of Woodstock, ten miles west, or Harvard, 23 miles east. The nearest international airport is O’Hare, located 41 miles southeast. As a larger town, getting around by foot is not always the best option, but McHenry does have a picturesque riverwalk running along the Fox River for residents to enjoy on nice days.
McHenry Community High School District 156 and McHenry School District 15 serve the McHenry area. District 156 operates two high schools, and District 15 oversees five elementary schools and three middle schools. Both high schools are above the state average in measuring college and career readiness. Parents of McHenry East High School say that the teachers keep them involved in their child’s progress and genuinely care about student academic success. Aside from K-12 schools, McHenry also has its own community college, McHenry Community College, which offers credit courses, continuing education and community programs.
Each year, McHenry hosts an event called Fiesta Days. During this ten-day festival, attendees enjoy music, parades, car shows, food vendors, rides, and more. McHenry is also home to Moraine Hills State Park, which is located near the Fox River and McHenry Dam. This large park has a host of amenities including fishing piers, bike paths, hiking trails, and covered grove areas for barbecues with friends and family.
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